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Tech Celebration
Courtroom Opens
'Lead the Way'
New DNA Lab
Annual Appeal
Alumni News

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Tech Family Gathers for Festive Celebration
Brooklyn Tech's Annual Celebration Honorees

A new tradition was born on November 8th when almost 200 members of the Tech community attended the 1st Annual Celebration of Tech, held at Giando- On The Water, overlooking the East River in Williamsburg.

Alumni, current and retired faculty, relatives and friends came to share their love for Tech, toast the school’s bright future and honor those who have contributed to its rich history.

Thirteen members of the Tech community received Brooklyn Tech Foundation Achievement Awards. Alumni Foundation CEO Matt Mandery '61 and consultant Liz Sciabarra introduced the recipients. [Read Full Story]


New Mock Courtroom Opens for Law & Society Majors

Elected officials and members of the media joined faculty and students on October 19th to unveil Tech’s state-of-the-art Mock Trial Court Room, funded with support from the Alumni Foundation.

Room BN4, once the old mill shop, is now Tech’s “Court of Dreams.” Social Studies Assistant Principal David Newman had imagined the ideal setting for the Law & Society major and, with Alumni Foundation help, secured a $500,000 grant from the City Council to build a “real world” environment where students could do serious work.
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Tech's 'Lead the Way' Lives up to its Name

Project Lead The Way, the nation’s leading provider of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum, gave Brooklyn Tech its most coveted honor when it named Tech one of just 16 schools nationwide (out of 4,200 eligible schools) one of its Model Schools this year.

Tech is home to the PLTW Pathways To Engineering (PTE) program, a program that opens students’ eyes to fields in engineering, design, manufacturing, electronics, and more. Students use the same industry-leading 3D design software used by companies like Intel, Lockheed Martin and Pixar. They explore aerodynamics, astronautics and space life sciences. They design, test and construct circuits and devices such as smart phones and tablets.
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Under the Microscope in the new DNA Lab

When Principal Randy Asher discussed his vision for Brooklyn Tech at Homecoming ’11, he said, simply, “Think, problem solve and innovate.” Since September, that vision has been on display in Tech’s new, cutting edge DNA Lab, thanks in large part to Alumni Foundation efforts.

More than 230 Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering students each year can now use room 5N8 for their junior Advanced Placement Biology and senior Genetics courses. They will study Modern Molecular Genetics and utilize DNA techniques such as PCR and electrophoresis to make genetic disease diagnoses, study the molecular evolution of organisms and uniquely identify individuals as science now does in legal defenses and paternity tests. Students will also study Classical Genetics as they grow plants to imitate Gregor Mendel’s famous experiments. The lab is fully equipped with state-of-the-art spectrophotometers, centrifuges, tissue culture hoods, water baths and binocular compound and dissecting microscopes.
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Annual Appeal Coming to Your Mailbox

Arriving soon in your mailbox: the Annual Appeal from the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation. Please look for it, and please give as generously as you can, before Dec. 31, so you can receive a tax deduction for 2011.

A special gift is in the package for all who have contributed before: a collectors-edition quality, unique desktop popup model of the school that changed your life. This realistic, sturdy cardboard replica of Tech assembles in seconds, and is a perfect memento for office or study.

For those who haven’t given before, a contribution now will send your very own Tech popup model into the mail for you. [Read Full Story]




Fall 2011 was a banner season for Brooklyn Tech sports, with teams in the following sports all making the playoffs: Football, Girls’ Volleyball, Boys’ and Girls’ Bowling, Fencing and Girls’ Soccer. In addition, Girls’ Swimming reached the finals where it lost to Stuyvesant by the agonizingly slim score of 50-48. Tech star Annie Zhu was named State Swimmer of the Year.


The Brooklyn Tech Select Chorus, is in the midst of rehearsing for a concert at Carnegie Hall, February 5, at 3:00 PM. The Chorus will perform with four other high school choral programs in a concert featuring Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the St. Luke’s Orchestra, conducted by David Robertson. To find out more about the Carmina Burana Choral Project or if you are interested in attending the concert, please visit the Carnegie Hall website at [Read Full Story]


Alumni News

Judd Eugene Kahn '49 passed away on Oct. 7th. After Tech, he attended Georgia Tech on the GI Bill and studied mechanical engineering. Mr. Kahn spent 36 at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory designing nuclear reactor core cooling systems and working on nuclear particle clean up.

Keith Gaskell’68, a former president of the Rockville Centre Board of Education, died on Sept. 17, of a rare neurological disease. He was 61. A top-notch student, Gaskell attended Brooklyn Tech and, later, Pratt Institute, where he studied engineering. He would credit that training for helping him learn how to think.

John Haven Gerken ’60, passed away on October 18th at the age of 69. Mr. Gerken served as a Naval Pilot and Navy Flight Instructor and then pursued a career in industrial sales until his retirement in 2005.

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